Les Bains Paris
What We Love
- The Les Bains boutique across the street, a concept store selling fabulous French products like La Planche à Roulettes skateboards and Aedle headphones
- Generously sized bath products from Le Labo, a cult brand from New York
- The building’s storied history: Bowie, Warhol, and Jagger partied here when it was a nightclub, as did Marcel Proust when it was a private bathhouse in the 19th century
What To Know
- Ask for a room with a balcony; not all have one
- Party animals, take heart: breakfast is served until 3 p.m. and dinner until midnight
- There’s still a nightclub and swimming pool, just like in the old days, but they’re much smaller and located in the basement
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In the heart of Le Marais, this legendary former nightclub was reborn as a boutique hotel thanks to the work of architect Vincent Bastie and of-the-moment designers Tristan Auer and Denis Montel. The space’s rock-n-roll legacy lives on in the red lacquer pillars, the distressed leather sofas, and the Philippe Starck-designed mosaic dance floor, while the stained glass windows of the Salon Chinois and curved, bulbous ceiling of the bar recall the years when it was a playground for bohemians. Today, the 39 rooms are almost unbearably chic, with rust-colored velvet sofas inspired by Warhol, plenty of shelves (stocked with the occasional Joy Division record), and robin’s egg blue telephones. Bathrooms all have heated floors—welcome during those chilly Paris winters—while the upper suites feature private steam rooms and terraces with outdoor showers. No less now than in the 1980s (or 1880s), this is a spot to see and be seen, so it’s fitting that the bar, restaurant, and club all still draw a fashionable crowd.
In the Area
Les Bains is just one in a clutch of glorious 17th-century buildings on a romantic street in one of Paris’s most aristocratic old districts where many of the most popular sights are a short walk away: the ancient and beautiful public square Place des Vosges, the Temple du Marais church, and the Place de la Bastille, where the prison once stood. The hotel has its own art collection, but it’s also close to some of the city’s best museums, most notably the Centre Pompidou and the Musée Picasso. Le Marais was the city’s Jewish quarter, so head to the Rue de Rosiers for some authentic Jewish food, and then to the Rue Vieille du Temple, chockablock with trendy cocktail bars and gay clubs. The nearest subway stop, Étienne Marcel, is a three-minute walk away.
How to Get There
Although we stayed this time at The Hoxton we decided to visit this boutique hotel (part of Design Hotels) Located in the neighborhood of Les Halles to enjoy a late breakfast in their lobby lounge restaurant
The hotel was created in a building which in the past housed public baths as well as one of Paris’ most famous nightclubs (as we were told a club which was the place which made David Guetta famous!)
The main entrance to the hotel and arrival sense into the main lobby is impressive....mainly as a result of the overall space and recognizable design elements introduced by Philippe Starck.
In particular remarkable was the friendly welcome by the staff who even offered us a showing around
Public areas are “dark” and include interesting decorative elements and are quite inviting...as are the two small outdoor terraces, one even including a nice (probably original) graffiti cladded wall
Our breakfast choice was quite simple.....egg white omelet with smashed avocado on toast and it was one of the best breakfast dishes we ever tasted
After breakfast we met with the Front Office Manager Nicolas Amestoy who showed us some guest rooms and suites as well as the pool area and night club
Not only did he show us around, he also acquainted us with the long and interesting history of the building in which the hotel is located
The owner(s) and operators of the hotel can be proud to have someone like Nicolas in their management team.... a real ambassador for the hotel and brand !!!
Guest rooms and suites are well appointed with lots of mid century/ Bauhaus style design elements and as far as the penthouse suite is concerned....an amazing terrace is part of the space provided!
Definitely a hotel on our list for our next visit to Paris and a must consider for those after a special and relaxed luxury boutique design hotel experience in Paris
My wife and I stayed here for a week and a half for my wife's work. We found the place very enjoyable with excellent service, a fantastic breakfast, and a great room! The front desk service was very courteous and put up with our bad French. The hotel felt very chic, but we were never distracted by the nearby club or felt lame/out of place.
The only issue was our room keys would consistently get deactivated, but the front desk was always ready to quickly replace it for us.
Les Bains is the perfect marriage of the antique and the modern.. Beautifully appointed rooms (ours had a steam room shower) with large Parisienne windows overlooking la rue, high ceilings and sophisticated decor. Smack dab in La Marais! Magnifique! The bar is center stage as you walk into reception with expert mixologists Sebastian and Benjamin holding court. Dining was delightful with two outdoor courtyards within the stylish restaurant. Casual, well prepared fare. The vibe is cool and lively. We met so many wonderful people and will be back as soon as we can!
My friend and I stayed for the weekend and absolutely loved it here! Rooms are luxurious, comfortable and very spacious (we were in Deluxe room with full length balcony along lounge / bedroom and bathroom).
Service was great but at the same time there was a very nice relaxed atmosphere with none of the pretentiousness you can sometimes get at 5* hotels. Whenever I'm back in Paris I'll definitely stay at Les Bains again, thanks for a lovely stay!
PS please can you tell me where you get your mattresses from?! Think I need to get one for my flat now!!
What can I say?... Paris, I find Paris the worst travel destination for many reasons but anyways I need to visit the city..
This hotel is rough the 3rd district, location is nit bad if you want to visit the hype Le Marais district and to party around, the hotel is small, a boutique hotel, the reception place has character and that;'s interesting but the rooms ( I had a junior suite ) are just ok, the ceilings are nit high, the lay out is odd, the closet is open and you don't get the sense of luxury but a 4 stars hotel with character.. the bathroom is interesting but again you cant say thats luxury..
They have.a partnership with a cool gym which is some blocks away, not nearby but the gym is good although you have to pay 50 EUR per day..
The service is good specially considering is Paris city that is known for its bad service.. Breakfast interesting choices but lengthy even when we were just few in the breakfast room..